The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) board had come up with the idea of increasing surveillance by installing cameras in 2013 and it is finally materializing now.

TTD officials are now looking at various proposals to raise the necessary funds and to identify suitable equipment. The Tirumala temple is classified as category-A (high risk) structure and keeping that in mind, the authorities are proposing to install around 2,000 security cameras.

So far, around 300 cameras have been put up at vantage points and now the thickly populated areas such as the Kalyanakatta, Annadana complex, the four mada streets, two ghat roads, areas near the forest and the bus stand parking place have to be taken care of.

The project is estimated to cost around Rs 62 crore. According to sources, a few companies have come forward to donate the cameras

After executive officer D Sambasiva Rao took over, the project was started again and TTD is raising its own funds for the purchase of cameras and are zeroing in on the equipment that is in the price range of Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 apiece.

“We need cameras with the latest applications and are looking at Chinese equipment,” said an official.
Some of the latest features include auto focusing, face reading and video analysing.

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